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May 1, 2008

New report on recidivism rates in the Bay State

A helpful reader pointed me to a new study released today by the Urban Institute looking at recidivism rates in Massachusetts.  The study can be accessed at this link, and here is its abstract:

The Massachusetts Recidivism Study is a collaborative effort between the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) that aims to better understand the experiences of recidivists and how their previous incarceration and time in the community relate to their returns to prison. The study consists of three interrelated components: an analysis of DOC administrative data, interviews with recidivists as they return to prison, and parole officer focus groups. This report provides findings from the analysis of administrative data on the 2002 release cohort comparing recidivists with nonrecidivists.  The report compares the two groups across demographics, criminal history, offense type, time served, release type, and in-prison reentry preparation.

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